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The Comedy Man (1964)

Charles Byrd, known as "Chick", has spent his adult life acting in small repertory companies all over the UK, and he's never had much luck. All too aware that he's no longer young, Chick makes one last stab at finding success in London.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chick Byrd
... Thomas Rutherford
... Tommy Morris
... Judy
... Theodore Littleton
Angela Douglas ... Fay Trubshaw
... Julian Baxter
... Prout
Alan Dobie ... Jack Lavery
J.G. Devlin ... Gus Sloppitt
Valerie Croft ... Yvonne (as The Croft Twins)
Leila Croft ... Pauline (as The Croft Twins)
Gerald Campion ... Gerry
... Sandy Lavery
... Second Assistant Director
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Charles Byrd, known as "Chick", has spent his adult life acting in small repertory companies all over the UK, and he's never had much luck. All too aware that he's no longer young, Chick makes one last stab at finding success in London.

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Some men stay 25 all their lives

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3 September 1965 (East Germany)  »

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Many critics noted that the character Edmund Purdom plays - a small-time actor who gets cast in the lead in a Hollywood epic and becomes a star overnight - bore a resemblance to Purdom himself. He went from obscurity to fame in 1954 when he took on the title role in "The Egyptian" as a late replacement for Marlon Brando, and slipped from fame almost at once when the film proved a costly flop. See more »

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During the party when Chick sees Tommy chatting up Fay, he is not smoking, but in a wide shot, he's taking a cigarette from his mouth. He's also holding a glass of wine which disappears in his close-up. See more »

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Let's Twist Again
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Written by Dave Appell and Kal Mann
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Fascinating show-biz drama
25 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

"The Comedy Man" is a drama (with some comedy) about a struggling actor named Chick Byrd in swinging London. This is one of the most accurate depictions of the grotty underside of showbiz. The film is very realistic, sometimes depressingly so. Byrd dreams of stardom, but he lives in a cheap bedsit and collects dole cheques. He can't get a "real" job because he's always making the rounds of casting calls. Byrd is played by Kenneth More, a dramatic actor with comedy experience, who gives an excellent performance here. Billie Whitelaw is excellent too. I won't divulge the movie's ending, except to say that it's unexpected yet very plausible. Watch for a very large man in a very small role: the gigantic union steward wearing a Red Indian war bonnet is played by Freddie Mills. He was Britain's heavyweight champion who tried to parlay his boxing fame into an acting career, but his large size typecast him in Richard Kiel-type roles. I recommend this film.


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